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FEV Europe GmbH


Type of Organisation: R&D company
Origin Country:Germany
Contact:Mr. Christof Schernus
Tel.: +49 241 5689-6753


FEV (Forschungsgesellschaft für Energietechnik und Verbrennungsmotoren) was founded in 1978 as a privately held company by Prof. Franz Pischinger who, at the time, headed the Institute for Applied Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Aachen. Since then, we have grown into an internationally-recognized leader in the design and development of internal combustion engines, conventional, electric, and alternative vehicle drive systems, energy technology, and a major supplier of advanced testing and instrumentation products and services to some of the world's largest OEMs. FEV counts about 6700 employees world-wide in 42 sites on five continents. 

As vehicle propulsion systems continue to evolve, becoming more integrated and complex, FEV’s service capabilities have expanded into the area of transmission and driveline development. The introduction of electric and hybrid electric propulsion systems, as well as the development of alternative fuel vehicles, also provide opportunities for FEV to expand is service offering. FEV also provides services in the areas of vehicle integration and calibration, wind power, and test and instrumentation systems, as well as connected and automated driving and is turning into a service provider for complete mobility solutions.

In October 2016, we acquired a 51% stake in Michigan-based automation and testing products maker TrigTec that serves the industrial market with products that provide in-process manufacturing related testing capabilities, along with creating automated systems for plant processes. With this acquisition FEV complements the portfolio of its business unit “Software and Testing Solutions” with testing capabilities.

Another major step was taken in November 2016, when FEV acquired a majority interest in vehicle body system developer Imperia GmbH which develops innovative lightweight automotive solutions, ranging from individual components to the entire vehicle body. Through this strategic expansion, we expanded our expertise in the full vehicle development business segment.

The year 2017 already started with an important innovation for the FEV: in January, the company name of FEV GmbH was changed to FEV Europe GmbH. The increasing globalization of our activities led to the establishment of regional subsidiaries. The new name, FEV Europe GmbH, reflects the role of FEV GmbH as our European headquarters and makes this clearly visible for clients and business partners.

Furthermore, the global expansion of FEV continued: at the beginning of 2017, we acquired the shares and business of etamax space GmbH which offers danger and risk analysis to its clients in the automotive, aerospace, and railway engineering industries for complex, safety-critical systems and their software. With the integration of etamax space GmbH into the FEV group, we gain important, additional expertise in the field of safety assessment for driving assistance systems, thus strengthening our Smart Vehicles engineering unit.

Also in 2017, FEV, continued to push ahead with its global “smart vehicle” development efforts by establishing a global center of excellence (CoE) focusing on the interdisciplinary development of connectivity and the automation of future vehicle development. In addition to the integration of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving functions (ADAS and AD), this will include infotainment and telematics systems as well as connected vehicle networking – meaning Car2X and Car2Cloud communication and the closely linked topic of cyber security.

Supporting its customers from more than forty subsidiaries located on four continents with skilled research and development specialists, FEV has grown from its humble beginnings in 1978 to a global, highly-respected engineering services firm serving multiple industries

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

FEV participated/participates in the following EU Projects:

  • Low aromatic threshold
  • VCR
  • Pro Fuel
  • ECO Engine
  • Roads2Hycom
  • NICE
  • InMar
  • NeDeNeF
  • IPSY
  • GasOn
  • PaREGEn
  • AutoDrive
  • DIAS
  • SHOW

FEV is also member of:

  • Hydrogen Europe
  • European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
  • FVV
  • FVA
  • 5GAA
  • ASAM e.V.
  • VDA
  • VDMA P2X4A